At the very least they should have come away from Basle
with a point and a clean sheet at the Bernabeu was not beyond their reach.
Liverpool never really threatened Tomas Vaclik in the Basle
goal and that was not just down to the absence of Sturridge, who has missed the last six matches with a thigh injury but could return against West Brom at the weekend.
are a decent enough team under Paulo Sousa, who was Brendan Rodgers' predecessor at Swansea and is doing well in Switzerland.
The Blues, who have nine matches next month, last season suffered the ignominy of becoming the first winners to exit the tournament at the group stage in defence of their title, before responding by beating Basle
in the semi-finals en route to winning the Europa League.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller, after Oscar had put Chelsea in front, also saw Basle
end the Blues' 13-match unbeaten run at home in European competition.
The last time Chelsea lost a Champions League group match at Stamford Bridge was against Besiktas on October 1, 2003, and Basle
thoroughly merited being the team who brought the near 10-year, 29-match run to an end.
Bayern now have a quarter-final ahead of them, while Basle
last night had a long journey home.
MAKING HIS POINT Vogel gives out some instructions during Basle
Punters should be aware that Basle
take on Grasshoppers in the Cup final on Monday which could see Murat Yakin rotate his troops.
Chelsea, playing in white, had to be patient as Basle
started well before Azpilicueta raced down the right and crossed to the near post, where Lampard's prod towards goal was turned away for a corner by Sommer.
threw everything at the Londoners in extra-time, but they could not find a way through and the game went to penalties.
Welbeck was a constant threat, getting in behind the Basle
defence numerous times, notably in the ninth minute, when he was first to a loose ball, but was unable to steer his effort on target.